14 Best Places to visit in Delhi
Tourist Places to Visit in Delhi –
1. Red Fort
The magnificent Red fort or Lal Qila was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan and is the walled city of Shahjahanbad. Within its fortification are exquisite palaces, a finely proportional mosque. The Diwan-I -khas or hall of private audience, where the Mughal emperor held court seated on the bejeweled golden Peacock throne. A son et Limier show at the fort brings alive facets of the Mughal court. It is in top list of tourist places to visit in Delhi.
2. Jama Masjid
Located just opposite the fort is the imposing jama masjid with its black and white stripped onions domes and minarets, one of the largest and the most elegant mosque in India. It is in top list of tourist places to visit in Delhi.
3. Purana Qila
The old fort with its massive walls and imposing gateways overlooks the modern city of New Delhi. it is located on what is possibly the site of the ancient settlement of Indraprastha-the city founded by the Pandavas during the epic times of Mahabharata.
It was the second Mughal emperor Humanyun who embarked in 1838 on the construction of the fort and the city he named Din Panah. Sher shah suri who took control of the Empire shortly afterwards completed the fort and built many of its fine structures including the octagonal sandstone tower, the Sher Manzil.An interesting hour long of son et lumiere programme takes the visitor through the history of the fort. It is in top list of tourist places to visit in Delhi.
4. Humanyun’s Tomb
Another magnificent building, the tomb of the emperor Humanyun was built by his wife in 1565-66.Set in a square enclosed enclosed garden the finely proportioned structure and marble served later as a mosel for the Taj Mahal. One must have Humanyu Tomb in places to visit in Delhi list. It is in top list of tourist places to visit in Delhi.
5. India Gate
At the heart of elegant capital city, laid out by the British, is the India Gate. A memorial dedicated to Indian soldier killed in war, the elegant 42 meter arch in buff coloured sandstone stands at the end of the ceremonial avenue, the Rajpath. It is in top list of tourist places to visit in Delhi.
6. Rahtrapati House
The imposing Presidential palace flanked by the splendid towers and cupolas of the Secretariat building is located on Raisina Hill, overlooking the Rajpath. It is in top list of tourist places to visit in Delhi.
7. Parliament House
The elegant circular and colonnaded Parliament House stands close by. Built in buff and red sandstone, the beautifully proportioned structure has a circumference of nearly one third of a mile.
8. Jantar Mantar
This fascinating observatory, with enormous astronomical instruments constructed in brick and plaster, was erected by the intrepid astronomer and king, Sawai Jai Singh on jaipur in 1724.He also built similar observatory in Jaipur,Ujjain Mathura and Varanasi.One must have Jantar Mantar in places to visit in Delhi list. It is in top list of tourist places to visit in Delhi.
9. Lodi Gardens
A splendid landscaped garden surrounds the 15th century tombs of the Lodi Kings. Ibrahim Lodi the lasr Lodi ruler was defeated in 1526 by Babur who established the Mughal empire in India. It is in top list of tourist places to visit in Delhi.
10. Hauz Khas
The royal Tank(Hauz Khas) was excavated in 1300 ad by Allaudin Khilji to supply water to his new capital Siri. Today the ruins of a madarsa are to be seen here. This theological college was built at a later date by Feroz Shah Tughlaq and his tomb also stands close by. The complex is surrounded by parkland and the little village of Hauz Khas is now an attractive shopping area. It is in top list of tourist places to visit in Delhi.
11. Qutub Minar
Dominating the ruins of the earliest existing settlement of Delhi is the city’s famous landmark-the Qutb Minar. The imposing victory tower 73 meter high was built by Qutbuddin Aibak(1192-98) the founder of the slave dynasty. The tapering, fluted structure has five storeys,each marked by intricately carved projection or colonies. Elaborately carved pillars which come from hindu temples of earlier settlement of Qila rai Pithora embellish the courtyard is the amazing Iron Pillar-the dhvaja stambha(flag pole) of a Vishnu temple(4th to 5th AD). Cast in a process that is lost to the present world, the 7.2 meter pillar has not rusted through the centuries. Other interesting structure in the vicinity include the base of another unfinished tower-the Ali Minar. One must have Qutub Minar in places to visit in Delhi list. It is in top list of tourist places to visit in Delhi.
12. Tughlaqbad Fort
In the southern periphery of Delhi are the ruins of a massive fort. This was once the capital of the Tughlaq kings- an impregnable fortification built by Sultan Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq in 1321.The elegant tomb of the emperor, in red sandstone with its sloping walls and white dome, located near the fort, is considered to be one of the best example of Tughlaq architecture. It is in top list of tourist places to visit in Delhi.
13. Feroz Shah Kotla
The remains of the second city of the Tughlaq is to be found between the Purana Qila and the walled city of Shahjahanbad.It was erected by Feroz Shah Tughlaq in 1354.Very little remains today but still standing rather incongruously on top of the ruins is an impressive Ashoka Pillar. Monolithic and over 12.8 meter in height, weighing 27 tonnes. It was brought by Feroz Shah and installed here. It is in top list of tourist places to visit in Delhi.
14. Baha’i House of worship (Lotus Temple)
Beautifully designed, the Baha’i house of worship (also known as Lotus Temple) is built in the shape of a lotus. Its petals constructed in concrete and faced with white marble have an extraordinary lightness. Nine pools of water around the structure and to the illusion of a lotus floating in water.One must have Lotus Temple in places to visit in Delhi list. It is in top list of tourist places to visit in Delhi.
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